KCK lawyer named to state gaming post
A Kansas City, Kan., lawyer who has served as an adviser to state gaming officials is Gov. Mark Parkinson’s selection to be the interim executive director of the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission.
Parkinson’s office announced the selection of Patrick Martin as interim executive director in a news release Friday.
“Patrick brings his experience in the commission and as a litigator to help ensure the integrity of our racing and gaming facilities in Kansas,” Parkinson said. “I appreciate his leadership and commitment to moving the Racing and Gaming Commission forward in its endeavors.”
The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission provides regulatory and law enforcement oversight for the parimutuel racing and state-owned casino gaming activities.
Martin was most recently chief counsel and an assistant attorney general for the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission. He was responsible for advising the commission in all of its administrative, civil and criminal matters. Martin also represented the Kansas State Gaming Agency, which regulates the tribal facilities, and the Kansas Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board.
Prior to joining the Racing and Gaming Commission, Martin was a senior litigation associate at the Kansas City firm Shughart, Thomson & Kilroy, P.C. There, he focused on class actions and public agency and employee defense, among other areas.
Martin received his bachelor’s in philosophy in 1995 and his juris doctorate in 2002 from Kansas University.
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